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L.A. Suspends Air Quality Rules to Cremate Backlog of Covid-19 Victims

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by Mestemia, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Mestemia

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    Los Angeles County has temporarily suspended air quality rules in order to allow covid-19 victims to be cremated, according to an executive order passed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District over the weekend. The rules will be suspended for 10 days as the region works through a “backlog” of people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic, which is still uncontrolled in many parts of the country.

    Los Angeles County has 28 crematoriums, though those facilities are prohibited by law from running at full capacity in order to cut down on air pollution. But with over 2,700 bodies currently sitting in cold storage due to an influx of dead patients from the covid-19 crisis, local authorities have decided that dirtier air is the price Angelenos will have to pay if the backlog is ever going to be cleared.

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    Los Angeles has been hit particularly hard by the covid-19 pandemic, with the county recently surpassing 1 million total cases. The county has also reported 13,936 deaths as of Monday night. The U.S. has identified over 24 million cases and at least 398,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.

    Cremating bodies creates air pollution and unleashes trace amounts of hazardous chemicals, such as mercury. The most common source of mercury in the cremation process is dental fillings in deceased Baby Boomers, a generation that was given mercury-laced dental work before alternatives were developed.
    L.A. Suspends Air Quality Rules to Cremate Backlog of Covid-19 Victims
     
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  2. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    My my my.

    All of a sudden the regulatory system, its not convenient anymore.

    Hypocrisy again. Enforcement for others but not for themselves, so they break their own enviromental laws.
     
  3. Subduction Zone

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    How is that hypocrisy? It is an emergency driven by need. Perhaps we could store a few extra bodies in your basement if you think that this is hypocrisy.
     
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  4. Subduction Zone

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    It is very sad that it has come to this. Predictions of these sorts of events were belittled by deniers and now we see it called "hypocrisy" when the system is so overloaded that emergency measures must be taken. It is time to admit that this is a real emergency and that Trump did not do a very adequate job.
     
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  5. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    Well in that case, protecting the environment just isn't that urgent of an emergency then.
     
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    One has to be flexible at times. What problem has to be addressed immediately? I see that you did not offer up your basement as storage.
     
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  7. Audie

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    It is for those who signal their
    Lofty selves by detecting (shudder )
    HYPOCRISY! Real, imaginary, future- hypothetical,any kind will do.

    Its a charge than be leveled against anyone
    or anything, most any time.

    Now, personally, I think burial at sea
    would make far more sense, but if cremate
    they must, its a grotesque act of imagination
    to fancy they have so many corpses to burn as
    to have some impact on air q in the LA basin.
     
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  8. Revoltingest

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    You smell hot dogs ?

    I smell hot dogs
     
  10. Subduction Zone

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    I am all for the Viking funeral. It combines both. Give those crabs some barbecue to snack on.
     
  11. ChristineM

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    Maybe show a little humanity in this emergency...
     
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  12. Audie

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    Mymymy that is dreadful.
     
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  13. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    I thought the environment was sooooo urgent and dire that no emergency can ever supercede it.
     
  14. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    You know what thought did???

    Considering trump stomped all over environmental protection i am surprised you are so protective about it to the extent of not offering your cellar to store corpses while they rot...
     
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    Enjoy breathing your next door neighbors, I guess.
     
  16. Audie

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    As noted earlier, you thought wrong.
    With no other basis for the thought
    than your chosen " interpretation".

    Kinda like what creationists do with
    their book.
     
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  17. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    We are all made of dead people
     
  18. Audie

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    Every breath you take includes some
    Hitler-fart.
     
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  19. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    Literally. Wonder if they bothered to ask the public if it was OK with them.

    LA is going to be flooded with particulates of dead people.

    Poetic I suppose.
     
  20. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    Just like second hand smoke. Eh?
     
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